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The Western Intellectual Tradition: From Leonardo to Hegel

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Traces the development of thought through historical movements and periods from 1500 to 1830.
Paperback, Torchbooks, 544 pages
Published August 1st 1962 by Harper Perennial (first published 1960)
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Mar 12, 2010 Kazi1212 rated it it was amazing
Most history books I have read are rather dry, this book is far from it. Bronowski gives the feel of a story book. He explains the historical figures' background so we get a feel for their personality and outlook, he also goes into detail about the time so that we get a good feel of the age and actually see it from their perspective. The writing is superb, you will fly through the 500 page book in no time.
Colin Flanigan
Jan 18, 2015 Colin Flanigan rated it it was amazing
This overview walks where others tread slowly. It is a true overview that hits the highlights of when history meets philosophy, especially those times where it resulted in war. War that resulted in the American Revolution, war that resulted in the English Civil War and War that resulted in Napoleon's march across Europe.

Now Bronowski and Mazlich do not sit on the sidelines. They believe in freedom of speech and right to dissent. They, more than most modern historical writers, gives a perspectiv
Jun 09, 2014 Joe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good overview of "the tradition" of Western thought. The authors present the thesis that Western thought is characterized by breaking from tradition, and this guides their presentation. The book does a nice job of providing overviews of various Western intellectual movements and showing how these periods are linked. I love the citations. The sourcing definitely give the reader the ability to explore topics that interest them, which is important for a work that focuses on breadth over depth. Th ...more
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Mohammad Ali
کتاب مشکلاتی دارد که نیت از خواندن چنین کتابی را درست برآورده نمی کند:
1 - کتاب - حداقل این ترجمه ای که من خواندم - فهرست تفصیلی ندارد. در فصل هم پدیده ای به اسم عناوین فرعی مطلقا یافت نمی شود.
2 - این کتاب گسترده ی زیادی دارد، از همین رو طبیعی است که وقتی در فصلی به امری در فصول پیش ارجاع داده می شود، محل مورد بحث به طور دقیق مورد ارجاع قرار بگیرد. اتفاقی که در این کتاب تنها یک یا دوبار در یکی از فصول پایانی شاهدش بودم. آن یک بار هم ارجاع نادرست بود - که احتمال قریب به یقین این اشتباه مشکل از متر
Matthew Dambro
Mar 22, 2015 Matthew Dambro rated it it was amazing
Brilliant exposition of the intellectual history of the West from Leonardo to Hegel. Bronowski later did "The Ascent of Man" on PBS. Bronowski and Mazlish do a masterful job tracing the development of Western thought. Their conclusions on individualism and freedom are spot on. The book was published in 1962. They praise dissent as the highest form of freedom. How disgusted they must have been during the course of the 60's and 70's when dissent turned into repudiation of all that had been purchas ...more
Srobona Chatterjee
Jun 16, 2014 Srobona Chatterjee rated it it was amazing
Excellent broad and deep scholarly but readable introduction to western intellectual history. I learned more (much much more) from this book than my freshman western philosophy 1 and 2 put together. And it's only $10.
Mar 07, 2016 mahatma marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
saya adalah penggemar buku-buku Jacob Bronowski. ini ketularan dosen saya dulu pak yuswadi.
buku yang ini merupakan usaha komprehensif untuk melihat warisan yang diterima dan membentuk masyarakat modern di barat. ia beranggapan bahwa sejarah intelektual modern harus dilihat sebagai suatu kesatuan pertumbuhan.
ia mengawalinya dari renesans dan mengakhirinya dengan hegel.
aktor dan faktor yang bekerja bisa seorang individu, kelompok individu, atau peristiwa-peristiwa yang melahirkan inovasi gagasan d
Lauren Albert
This is a very good overview meant for a general readership. It is indeed very readable. The authors' main focus is on political philosophy and the scientific revolution rather than with abstract philosophy (although some is in there). The book is very much of its time, with its conclusion about the importance of dissent--published in 1960, I wonder how the authors would revise it now. Don't expect anything new if you've read a lot of philosophy and intellectual history but if you haven't read a ...more
William T.
May 12, 2007 William T. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young person interested in the Western Intellectual Tradition
There is nothing wrong with this book except that it is really an introduction to Western Intellectual History. As such it is superficial and has no particularly unique insights.
Dec 26, 2010 Katrin rated it really liked it
I read this book years ago and really enjoyed it.
It discusses a wide range of ideas from the Renaissance to the early 19th century.
Mar 10, 2009 Eduardo rated it it was amazing
Great intro and macro view of the world of philosophy and sociopolitical ideals.
Nov 11, 2008 Ali rated it it was amazing
A fascinating and significant review of western culture and civilization..., Read it!
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A favorite from college. Good enough to re-read.
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Jacob Bronowski was a British mathematician and biologist of Polish-Jewish origin. He is best remembered as the presenter and writer of the 1973 BBC television documentary series, The Ascent of Man.

In 1950, Bronowski was given the Taung child's fossilized skull and asked to try, using his statistical skills, to combine a measure of the size of the skull's teeth with their shape in order to discrim
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